Food and Nutrition

By choosing a balanced and healthy diet, you can actively fuel your baby’s growth — particularly during this phase when your body requires extra calories to do this important work! At this time, some women also begin to experience heartburn. Thinking of what and when to eat can minimize these discomforts as well. If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine, consider recipes that include palak (spinach), daal (lentil), methi (fenugreek), matar (peas) and gobi (cauliflower) to garner the important vitamins and nutrients that nurture growth. Exploring similar foods with new flavours can enhance and expand meal times and perhaps even offer conversation starters at the meal table! Checking in with your maternity provider with respect to healthy weight gain in pregnancy can also be valuable so that you’re getting the appropriate information for your situation. If you’re curious and want to get a sense of what might be recommended for you, check out Health Canada’s Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator. Find these and other ‘food for thought’ resources here.

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